As previewed on this post, LP is sponsoring a fundraiser to assist those affected by the Queensland floods. We specifically went looking for a cause which would target funds to those who are likely to be already disadvantaged, and decided to partner with Lifeline Queensland.
Information provided by Lifeline appears below.
You can make your donation through this dedicated LP fundraiser page; all donations are tax deductible.
(For whatever reason, donations to the Premier’s Flood Appeal stand at $168 million compared to around $450 million donated in the aftermath of the Victorian bushfires.)
I’ve kicked in $100 to get the appeal started, and set the target at $2000. I hope we can do considerably better than that.
Please use the comments thread for whatever purpose you like, but egging each other on would seem to be a good one! Any offers of matching donations, prizes for poems, whatever… it’s all good.
Lifeline’s Queensland Flood Appeal: Where your donations go
Flood Relief Programs
Lifeline Community Care Queensland is a leading provider of community services in Queensland and we pride ourselves on client-focused care. We run 160 different community service programs which means that, everyday, we have staff and volunteers working together across metropolitan, rural and regional Queensland responding to community need.
Our programs involve working with vulnerable children, young people, older people, indigenous people, refugees, people with a disability, foster children, people at risk of homelessness, victims of domestic violence, financially distressed or people with a mental illness.
Given our close community connection with these groups of people, we will – in the coming months – have our ear to the ground in terms of what affect the floods have had on these already vulnerable people and what their specific needs will be.
Funds we receive will be directed to programs that will support vulnerable people to recover from the floods.
Lifeline’s Community Recovery Program
Lifeline Community Care is also one of the lead non-profit agencies supporting the Queensland Government in disaster recovery. We were activated at the request of government and, through our Community Recovery Program, have been working on the ground since before Christmas when the first flooding appeared in Central Queensland.
Lifeline Community Recovery Officers have been providing psychological and emotional support to individuals and families in Queensland’s flood-ravaged communities. Now we have 94 Community Recovery Officers on the ground in flood-affected regions across Queensland (a very geographically large area) and that number is expected to grow in the coming weeks as communities move into the true recovery (rather than crisis) phase.
Queenslanders have just emerged from a 10 year drought to be swamped with a deluge of disaster. It is not unusual for people to begin to feel bewildered, frustrated and angry. For some people it’s like a state of shock. People affected by floods can experience moderate to high levels of anxiety, significant grief from further loss of property or valued possessions, and may find themselves in unexpected financial hardship.
This can wear thin on emotional wellbeing – that’s where Lifeline’s Community Recovery Program comes in.
The program aims to make an immediate impact on the trauma and stress experienced by communities through counselling interventions, as well as spearheading longer term recovery through a coordinated approach to rebuilding or re-establishing key community networks and support structures. Some support can continue for years after a critical incident and includes psychological assessments and referrals; immediate and ongoing counselling and support; and financial counselling including referrals for business.
These specially trained Community Recovery Officers, most of who are experienced grief and loss counsellors, are working alongside people affected by the floods to establish their own personal recovery plan. This plan will guide people in how to move forward.
Funds received will be used to resource Lifeline’s Community Recovery Program so that Lifeline can continue to provide fast response and well-trained staff and volunteers in the event of a disaster.